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Heavy Seas - Pale Ale - Heavy Seas Beer

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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dnjmed on 04-13-2010)
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Reviews by PhillyStyle:
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.35/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bertha's in Baltimore, served in an imperial pint glass. The bar tender indicated that this was the house beer always on tap and in a cask.

The beer was a hazy dark orange color, with a nice, light off white head that dissipated too quickly, but expected given that it was from a cask. The beer gave off a nice biscuit aroma with a hint of citrus. The taste is what I expected from an English Pale, nice and malty, with that hint of biscuit, earthiness and citrus. Very well done. The beer had a great feel to it, a nice moderate feel to it, again given the lack of carbonation from the cask. The beer was extremely easy to drink and I could drink them all day. Overall, this was a great beer and the next time that I am in Baltimore, I will be stopping at Bertha's for a pint or two.

PhillyStyle, Nov 15, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull brass color with athin but well retained white head,aromas were faint mainly some light toastiness and biscuit.Flavors have a decent leafy hop presence underneath sweetish biscuit malt,not real complex but its not bad on the palate.Slightly watery feel in the mouth but quaffable,its a subtle beer,take it for what it is.

oberon, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, marked best by July 2010. Pours typical almond amber, medium tan head, collar and bits and strands of lace. Moderate whiff of grainy hops. Fresh tasting Brit. style ale. More grainy and quite drying hops add interests and character. Fairly creamy and easy flowing over the tongue. Nothing amazing here but a respectable take on the style. Nice new offering from Clipper City/heavy Seas

Billolick, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of standardcherry
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

standardcherry, May 16, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

mjtiernan, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the fresh sampler that has Loose Cannon, Small Craft Warning, Gold and Pale Ale. Solid session pale ale, nice beer pours a brilliant bright copper color with an eggshell white head forming thick fine speckled lacing slowly fades. Aroma has an earthy citrus hop nose, very enjoyable offering coming across my nares with a semi sweet malt and hop combo. Flavor is working for an emjoyable session hoppy ale, a bit lackluster in hop bitterness/flavor but brings more than your average 4.75% brew. Start with this and drink a few and you'll fine fulfillment in the subtle hop flavors. After drinking in your face hop bombs this nice delicate crafted hoppy ale is a breathe of fresh air, and nods more in the English tradition of less being more when it comes to hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy carbonation with slick hop oils presenting on the palate. Drinkability overall is a good one even with the minimal hop bitterness I can find enjoyment and definite refreshment in this offering, built as part of the Voltron collection in their sampler pack that equated to a really nice session al throwback experience.

WVbeergeek, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Ice_cyclops86
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Ice_cyclops86, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of mocktm
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a variety pack of four different Heavy Seas brews on a whim. Best by Aug, 2011 notching on the bottle.

Appears a light golden honey color with a finger or so of bone white head, the result of a pretty moderate pour. Plenty of carbonation is perceivable, with the head eventually settling down to a thin film.

Pretty balanced on the nose, with impartial doses of hops and malt both discernible. Caramel and a slight nuttiness seem to stand out the most to me.

Taste is very mild, a lot of grain and slight floral hop bitterness that doesn't bother to stick around. Nothing crazy going on here, pretty much as advertised.

Mouthfeel is relatively light, boasting a dry finish with a smooth, easy drinking body.

Overall, it's good for what it is, but nothing I would actively buy repeatedly. Hope the other styles in the variety pack can raise the bar a bit.

mocktm, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of BeerHownd
3/5  rDev -11.2%

BeerHownd, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some slow bubbling activity keeps up a creamy, foamy sort of off-white head to rest at a consistent and well-retained half finger over a bright pale orange brew. Deposits of mixed spots and patches of lacing stick to the glass in a more than moderate quantity.
There seems to be a mix of American and English character here. Earthy and herbal quality mingle with a fairly obvious caramel malt, and there's a certain muskiness as well. There's a fruity element, a bit in the smell and more on the tongue, with a touch of toast and, more in the taste, a hint of citrus.
The body is light, verging on medium, and there's a tea-like quality to the English aspect that I think some attribute to the the mouthfeel but doesn't have quite that kind of impact. It does lack depth to a point, but it's a pretty good mouthfeel overall, bright and crisp and clean.

Brenden, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Grooveman53
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Grooveman53, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of mschram72
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy orange appearance and color. Doesn't have a particularly strong smell, but nothing offensive about it. The beer drinks very smoothly, and is a Baltimore staple. Would recommend, but as a safe local standby. There are better beers in Baltimore, but you can't go wrong with this local favorite.

mschram72, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured an amber/copper with an off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving some white patches on top. Not much lacing.

S: Get an earthy aroma as well as some caramel and malts. I also get a bready/biscuity aroma as well.

T: Starts off bready and malty and finishes with with a slight hop kick that also has a sweet fruit component to it.

D/M: It's pretty thin with ok carbonation. Its ok, not amazing, but not bad at all. Easy to drink, but not my favorite.

mdaschaf, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - light orangish amber with a soft, white head that has decent retention

S - big citrusy almost lime-like aroma

T - bread, citrusy with some lime, lemon and grapefruit

M - light to medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth

This is a light pale ale with an odd hop character. The hops are prevalent but have an odd citrus character that are lime-like and a bit unlike what I would expect from a pale ale. It's refreshing and drinkable, but ultimately forgettable.

tdm168, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Ezone024
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a amber/copper color good fizz throughout with a thin quick vanishing head.

smells of oakey/smokey malts with a small amount of citrus hoppiness.

taste is earthy hops, citrus and smoke.

love the way this brew is balnaced, medium bodied with easy drinkability and a crisp refreshing feel on the tongue and down the throat..i can only find this in mixed 12ers i'd love to come across some pales all by themselves

Ezone024, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of norinco
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

norinco, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of RickS95
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A little darker than I expected, think dark bronze. Filtered, no head.

Flowery, citrusy smell; nothing jumps out at you.

Not much flavor, only slight citrus notes.

Lacking flavor, the slight bitterness in the finish is the only thing to report. Not overly bitter, but that's the only thing that grabs you.

Not much character. Lacks smell and flavor, and only slight bitter doesn't make for much of a pale ale.

RickS95, May 03, 2010
Photo of bconsidine
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

bconsidine, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Dragon17
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Dragon17, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of DOCRW
3/5  rDev -11.2%

DOCRW, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of rwill2001
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

rwill2001, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of OddNotion
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
Best By: July 2011

Appearance: Minimal white head, basically just a cap. On top of a golden body.

Smell: More malt than hops. Sweetness. Nuttiness.

Taste: Easy drinking. Not bitter at all. Good malty flavors, almost a minty aftertaste. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good for the style, good carbonation bite.

Overall: Nothing special but not offensive by any means. I like it but would not choose it over many alternatives.

OddNotion, May 21, 2011
Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +18.3%

PaBeerLover, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of nickthetick
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours burnt orange into my duvel tulip with a dirty white head that rises and then sinks to a thin skim of bubbles.

S: a bit like the appearance burnt orange and sweet malt.

T: a lot like the nose. Dark citrus and oranges with some slightly toasted malts. A bit grassy on the back and some pine like hops linger muddled with biscuits.

MF: light body and surprisingly effervescent for what terrible head retention it has.

O: a good beer but I would probable skip over it for a SNPA.

nickthetick, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of bum732
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Caramel and toasted malt, some soft floral notes.

L: Clear burnt orange, 1/8 inch creamy head with great retention.

T: Cracker like malt and caramel with a tea-like medium low bitterness. Slight herbal hoppiness in the taste persists to the finish. Finishes semi-dry and fairly clean with a touch of residual hops.

M: Medium bodied with medium low body.

Really solid pale ale, nothing outstanding, but solid all around.

bum732, Sep 07, 2011
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Heavy Seas - Pale Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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